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Led by Songhur Balkhi and Lulu the Spy, the Ayyars Slit the Throats of Prison Guards and Free Sa'id Farrukh-Nizhad

Asian Art

The oversized manuscript known as the Hamza- Nama was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605). All of its paintings are on cloth, with Persian text written on paper glued to the reverse. The pages were probably displayed in storytelling performances. The Hamza-Nama is an adventure tale about the first generations of Muslims. This painting is typical of the series, with multiple figures in active stances set within a sumptuously decorated courtyard. The subject is a night raid on a prison, with the heroes killing their captors in order to free their comrades.
CULTURE Indian
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton cloth
DATES 1557-1572
DYNASTY Mughal
DIMENSIONS sheet: 30 7/8 x 24 1/2 in. (78.4 x 62.2 cm) image: 26 15/16 x 20 1/2 in. (68.4 x 52.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 24.46
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Indian. Led by Songhur Balkhi and Lulu the Spy, the Ayyars Slit the Throats of Prison Guards and Free Sa'id Farrukh-Nizhad, 1557-1572. Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton cloth, sheet: 30 7/8 x 24 1/2 in. (78.4 x 62.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 24.46
IMAGE verso, 24.46_verso_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 6/30/2009
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RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (71%)
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